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Entertainment Trudeau meets with Prince Charles ahead of date with Trump on NATO sidelines

17:31  03 december  2019
17:31  03 december  2019 Source:   msn.com

Trudeau defends NATO as French president warns of alliance's 'brain death'

  Trudeau defends NATO as French president warns of alliance's 'brain death' OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending NATO after France's president suggested a lack of U.S. leadership is causing the 70-year-old military alliance's "brain death." Trudeau, who met Thursday with re-elected, newly elected and defeated Liberal MPs on Parliament Hill, said NATO continues to play an important role in bringing Canada and its allies together in the name of collective security and shared values. Trudeau, who met Thursday with re-elected, newly elected and defeated Liberal MPs on Parliament Hill, said NATO continues to play an important role in bringing Canada and its allies together in the name of collective security and shared values.

LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday on the sidelines of a major gathering of NATO leaders. The meeting between the Canadian and American leaders is the first since Trudeau won re-election in October and is expected to include

President Trump met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in London on Tuesday, ahead of the NATO summit.Credit Kevin Lamarque/Reuters. Later on Tuesday, Mr. Trump will also meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and host a private round table with his supporters.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hit the ground running on Tuesday with a series of courtesy calls in London ahead of the NATO summit with other world leaders.

Trudeau met with Prince Charles at Clarence House, the royal residence that had been home to Queen Mother. There have been reports in Britain that the prince will be stepping up more often to assume public duties normally carried out by Queen Elizabeth, who turns 94 in the spring.

The reports come as the Royal Family tries to contain the damage from a BBC interview Prince Andrew gave over his friendship with convicted American sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. On Monday, an American woman who says she was forced to have sex with the prince when she was a teenager told her story to the BBC.

Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting in U.K., 70th anniversary of alliance

  Trudeau to attend NATO leaders meeting in U.K., 70th anniversary of alliance OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to attend the NATO leaders meeting next week in the U.K. Trudeau's office says while in London he will meet with allies to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. During the meeting, Trudeau plans to reiterate Canada's commitment to NATO and to trans-Atlantic security, as well as the importance of working together to modernize the alliance. The meeting agenda calls forTrudeau's office says while in London he will meet with allies to mark the 70th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

He’ll also attend tea with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall. The NATO leaders meeting is a complicated backdrop for Trump to make his first extended overseas visit —he Trump has repeatedly criticized fellow NATO members and complained that too few nations are on

President Donald Trump arrived in London last night ahead of a crunch NATO summit with 29 world leaders. This afternoon he will have tea with Prince Charles and Camilla before a reception for NATO leaders with the 3.30pm Bilateral meeting with Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau .

Earlier Tuesday morning, Trudeau also met with Latvian President Egils Levitis. The two discussed the deployment of nearly 600 Canadian troops in the Baltic State, a NATO mission meant to deter Russian aggression.

Justin Trudeau in a suit and tie standing in a room: Prince Charles, right, meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Clarence House as NATO leaders gather in London on Tuesday to mark 70 years of the alliance.© Provided by cbc.ca Prince Charles, right, meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Clarence House as NATO leaders gather in London on Tuesday to mark 70 years of the alliance.

Some NATO leaders have openly questioned the future of the 70-year-old military alliance, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying it is suffering a "brain death."

"This alliance at 70 is extremely important to Canada and to people around the world, and we're going to continue to be dedicated to it," said Trudeau.

Trump takes aim at Macron

Levitis was even more determined to shore up the alliance in the face of criticism.

Despite U.S. calls for more, Canada's defence spending set to stay the same

  Despite U.S. calls for more, Canada's defence spending set to stay the same OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is likely to face questions from other leaders of the NATO military alliance next week as new figures show Canadian military spending is expected to remain stagnant this year. All NATO members agreed in 2014 to work toward spending two per cent of their gross domestic products on defence within a decade, a pledge that has taken on added significance thanks to U.S. President Donald Trump.

He’ll also attend tea with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall. The NATO leaders meeting is a complicated backdrop for Trump to make his first extended overseas visit —he Trump has repeatedly criticized fellow NATO members and complained that too few nations are on

He’ll also attend tea with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the duchess of Cornwall. The NATO leaders meeting is a complicated backdrop for Trump to make his first extended overseas visit —he Trump has repeatedly criticized fellow NATO members and complained that too few nations are on

"For Latvia, I can say the transatlantic bond — that means Europe and Canada and the U.S. — are the cornerstones of our defence politics and of our foreign politics," he said.

"Because NATO is comprised of member states which share the same values: rule of law, democracy. And these values are to be defended. And we both, Canada and Latvia, are ready and willing to do so."

In a meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg Tuesday morning, U.S. President Donald Trump took aim at Macron's comments.

"Nobody needs NATO more than France," said Trump, who has made a point of pressuring alliance members, including Canada, to meet the NATO defence spending benchmark of two per cent of GDP.

"You can't just go around making statements like that about NATO. It's very disrespectful."

Later Tuesday, Trudeau will sit down with the U.S. president on the sidelines of the NATO summit.

Ottawa failed to spend almost $8B in promised defence cash over recent years .
Documents show billions of planned spending not spent over the last two complete fiscal years. According to documents obtained from the Department of National Defence, the federal government underspent roughly $7.79 billion worth of promised money mostly for capital projects, which includes everything from spending on facilities to equipment and military procurement, in fiscal 2017-18 and 2018-19. The unspent money also came from areas including operations and maintenance, those documents suggest.

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